As nurses, we are on the frontlines in the war against COVID-19. Deemed healthcare heroes and recipients of nightly applause, the recognition is gratifying but cannot compensate for the risk inherent in our ethical obligation to care for patients, especially when recycled personal protection equipment is all we have. As of July 13, there were 98,150 COVID-19 cases and 521 deaths among healthcare workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nurses deserve compensation commensurate with the hazards they endure.
What do contract employees, students taking a break from school to go back to work, employees working for low wages and those between jobs have in common? Known as “the gap population,” this group faces a unique difficulty when securing affordable, long-term health insurance.
Healthcare is changing dramatically, and not just for patients. The nature of physician employment, too, is undergoing disruption. More and more, physicians who remain independent are banding together under a management services organization (MSO), a legal entity that allows physician practices to share resources, limit risk and gain the necessary efficiencies to compete in a consolidating market.